Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on You can access her bibliography on search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan

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Monday, February 7, 2011


Sometimes we know how we will feel about something in theory, but in actuality it may or may not be true. There have been occurrences in my life when I was so sure and then it happened and I felt like I had been hit out of left field.

Over the past few weeks I had asked questions about what reviews meant to readers and to writers, and I opined that one of the worse reviews I had received, which was a three was the best in terms of teaching me what to do from that point forth.

However, last week I was on a blog tour and the first five days of the tour went well, the book was recommended, even highly recommended, one of the reviewers said that the title was a bit off-putting because she thought it would be one thing, but was glad she read it and in fact she gave it five stars on amazon. But on the last day of the tour, a young reviewer lambasted the book, gave it a 1.5 out of 5 and explained why she didn’t like the book or the character, though she mentioned the fact that it had serious potential, she thought that as a self-published author I had tried to make the main character too good. Now the question is how did I feel?

I know this is going to sound funny, or weird but I laughed. I actually chuckled, because moreso than not liking the book, the reviewer seemed to really dislike Zen, the character, it almost felt as though she knew her and couldn’t stand her. It also felt as if the fact that I self-published it was an issue for her. She also took exception to the fact that the word Ghetto was part of the title.

After laughing I felt nothing, really…

It wasn’t because I didn’t value her opinion, I did in fact. It wasn’t because 99.9 percent of readers had loved the character and the book and it was just one review. It was really because I know going in that every time I write a book, someone is going to take exception to something and they aren’t going to like it for a variety of reasons. Such is life.

I learned this early on that every book doesn’t appeal to everyone and the integrity of the way I write will not appeal to some. I am not geared to write books full of drama or sex or situations that seem forced to me. I also write characters as realistically as I know how to and as quiet as it is kept, though we are all flawed, with our issues there are genuinely good, talented people who need to be presented in that light.

A lot of what we feel about race, age, gender, et al comes from what the media presents or the evening news or books. So, if all we read is a steady diet of screwed up black folks, messed up young folks, crazy old folks, then for those who only know us through our books and media presentations, someone is going to have to step out on a limb and say, we come in a kaleidoscope of experiences and actions.

I know many Zen Coopers, young women who are living in compromised situations who are great students, love their families in spite of their shortcomings and will stand up for what they believe. In many ways I was a Zen. And as long as I know these people exist and I can write, I will write about them and continue to smile through those who find them unrealistic or simply decide they don’t like anything that fits their view of how ALL people of a certain demographic are.

Be Blessed!


Shelia G said...

In actuality the reviewer had so much passion about not liking the character that as a writer you did your job--you were able to evoke some type of emotion from the reader.

Your writing is passionate enough to do that, so although I'm sure she didn't mean it as a compliment, she in fact, did give you a compliment.

Angelia... said...

I actually agree. The fact the adults in Zen's life found her amazing was bothersome to the reviewer and the fact that she read every single word was also interesting.


Shelia said...

Very interesting.

Linda Chavis said...

The thing I like the most about your writing is that it is authentic. I would bet that your character may have hit too close to home for the reviewer and like Shelia said, the fact they felt so strongly speaks to your work. As one of your fans, just keep doing what you do. (((hugs))

Angelia... said...

Thanks Linda,
it read as if though Zen were someone she had met and didnt care much for...hmmm...


Jennifer C. said...

Wow! I agree with Shelia and Linda. Clearly the review saw more into Zen than there was. She maybe wanted to be Zen; acting and carrying herself in the same manner without the same recognition or response from the people in her life. I'm not sure if she read the entire book because of curiosity or looking for answers on how/what to do the things that Zen did and gaining the success she did.

I wanted to put another or there, but realize I would be giving away details of the book that were important. But think about Crazy Charlie and Zen. Maybe that was an issue in her real every day life that she is still trying to deal with.

I'm a fan and I like your style of writing, especially Zen.

Angelia... said...

Thanks Jen,

Who knows, I love and appreciate you!


Dera Williams said...

If I have said it once, I've said it a hundred times, "We are not a monolinth." This situation came up about black boys and men wearing their pants low to the ground. My comment that shut everybody up, is that it is a class/socio economic thing. My 19 year old nephew and his friends don't weat their pants like that, their parents would not allow it if they wanted to. No, we are not the same.

Threadin' Along said...

For someone to take the time to let you know that she did not like the main charater says a lot. I agree with Jen, maybe there are some simularity in her life to that of Zen that makes her uncomfortable.
You fiction mirrored her facts without the same recognitions.
There are so much life's examples and lessons in your writing.........